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Safety issue at Calvert Cliffs could spur additional oversight

Safety issue at Calvert Cliffs could spur additional oversight

By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

3:51 p.m. EDT , June 15, 2010

Federal regulators investigating an automatic plant shutdown in February of the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant have found a safety issue deemed of low to moderate significance that may spur additional oversight.

Both reactors at the Lusby plant, owned by Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, shut down after an electrical malfunction caused by melting snow on a leaky roof prompted first one then a second reactor to shut down, a company spokesman said at the time.

Inspectors for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said they found some equipment at the plant had been used longer than the manufacturer recommended, without tests to determine whether it was still reliable, according to an NRC spokesman.

Dave Fitz, a spokesman for Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, said company officials were reviewing the findings.

“We’ve taken some immediate corrective actions and some long-term actions are planned,” he said.

NRC inspectors will finish its assessment within 90 days, and Constellation can either request a conference or provide additional information in writing. If the safety concern finding is finalized, then the NRC would provide additional oversight until the problems have been addressed.

The company has not yet determined whether to challenge the NRC’s findings, Fitz said.


Maryland: Brand-New Calvert Cliffs Nuke Plant ( unless activists can stop it )

New Nuke Plant on the way in Maryland!

Calvert Cliffs Nuke Power Plant

Calvert Cliffs Nuke Power Plant

Beyond Nuclear
6930 Carroll Avenue Suite 400
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Tel. 301 270 2209


Hoyer expects action on reactor


Optimistic about loan guarantees at tele-town hall

Friday, May 28, 2010


Staff writer

U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said during a telephone town hall Monday night that he believes federal action on a proposed third reactor at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby is imminent, a potential harbinger of loan guarantees Constellation Energy has said are imperative to the project’s viability.

The reactor was selected a year ago as one of four eligible for $18.5 billion in U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantees, which serve as insurance for private investors.

In February, about $8 billion in federal loan guarantees was allocated for a new nuclear power plant in Georgia and $2 billion in guarantees were given last week to Areva, a French nuclear-power company and manufacturer of the proposed third reactor, for a uranium enrichment facility in Idaho. The Obama administration is trying to get another $9 billion for the loan guarantee program.

“I think we’re going to see some very positive” movements from the Obama administration in the next few weeks, Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) said, adding that the reactor’s construction, which is expected to create 4,000 jobs, will be very welcome in Southern Maryland. “I’m very supportive of that, and I think we absolutely have to move forward with that.”

The teleconference, the fifth held by Hoyer since 2007, allowed citizens to listen in and also submit questions to the congressman, who encouraged those who didn’t have their inquiries answered to either leave a message afterwards or send his office an e-mail. Hoyer also held a traditional town hall on health care last September.

“Our ongoing dialogue is critical to me and my ongoing representation of this district,” he said.

While the telephone town halls allow thousands to participate compared to the hundreds that may attend at a conventional venue, they have also drawn criticism for limiting personal interaction and allowing calls to be screened.

In opening remarks, Hoyer focused on the economy, particularly job creation and financial reform. Goals include cracking down on the “reckless behavior” of Wall Street banks, cutting long-term deficits, tax credits for companies that hire new workers, preventing foreign outsourcing of jobs, and, in wake of the BP oil spill, investing in clean energy. A proposed reform bill will protect consumers, hold big banks accountable and ensure taxpayers are not on the hook for risky business, making “‘too big to fail’ a thing of the past,” Hoyer said.

Closer to home, the congressman ensured a caller from Brandywine that improvements to the intersection of Route 301 and Route 5, which Hoyer passes through on the way to work, are a priority.

“We waste a lot of gas, a lot of time and a lot of frayed nerves at that intersection,” Hoyer said, adding that the project’s first phase has already begun and its second phase is awaiting funding.

In total, Hoyer fielded 11 calls from his district with topics ranging from prescription medications to immigration reform. While he understands why Arizona recently enacted a new law requiring immigrants to carry proof of legal residency, Hoyer also believes it may be misguided, explaining, “A lot of people worry about big government. A lot of people worry about a national ID card.”

The congressman even took a few moments to talk about football at the University of Maryland, his alma mater, with a caller from New Carrollton.

Hoyer told a concerned caller from Waldorf that there were no plans to cut her social security payments and another from Deale that Congress would consider this week a bill giving substantial assistance to states for Medicaid.

He voiced support for free enterprise, citing China’s movement towards free markets as evidence of communism’s failure and stated that “Investing in the education of our children is the most important investment we can make in the future of America.”